Week 13 – One Plus One

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Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

You just never know where a verse will lead you. Whoever says the Bible isn’t the living word of God has never read it! Most will agree that having a companion to do things with makes it a bit more fun or less scary. Goodness, as women, it’s even better when we have a friend to go to the restroom with. Everything from travel to getting bad news from the doctor is better when we aren’t alone. These verses from Ecclesiastes remind us of that, but we are going to dig a little deeper than just these two verses today.

Ecclesiastes is a very interesting book in the Bible. Solomon, known as one of the wisest men to ever live, wrote this book along with the Song of Solomon and the Book of Proverbs. Unlike Proverbs, where Solomon shares all of his wisdom for living, the book of Ecclesiastes shares his “foolishness” while living apart from God. If we look closely, I’m sure we can all relate to Solomon in many ways.

Like any book of the Bible, it’s important to understand the background and reason it was written. Although we are just looking at two verses in Ecclesiastes today, it’s important to know that when you read this book of the Bible, there are many things Solomon says that go against other scripture because it was written about the time in his life he stepped away from God. Think about a time in your life that you stepped away from God and imagine you had kept a journal of all that was going on in your heart at that time. What would it say? I shudder to think of my own. The unfortunate part of this is that many non-believers misuse scripture from this book of the Bible by taking it out of context and using it to support their own selfish and Godless lives. Thus, proving the importance of understanding context and background when reading scripture.

If atheists understood this book, they would see that Ecclesiastes is the story of a man (Solomon), who decided he was smarter than God and could figure everything out on his own. Solomon decided to try and live apart from God and see if that would be enough. He lived as if he had the right to enjoy every pleasure of the flesh regardless of the consequences and did whatever pleased him. However, after his journey of selfish and self-righteous living, Solomon discovers quite the opposite. After trying it all, having it all and living it up, Solomon concludes that true satisfaction and joy can only come from the gracious love of God and by living in His ways.

Solomon learned the hard way that it much easier to live life with God as a companion than without Him. Two really are better than one. And even when we feel alone, we can trust God is always with us. He will love, lead, guide, conquer and bless us if we allow Him to.

Companion: a person or animal with whom one spends a lot of time or with whom one travels. “his traveling companion”, one of a pair of things intended to complement or match each other.

 

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